Hello, everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I honestly wouldn't like to call this a Masters 25 special edition, but it's hard not to talk about cards that I think would be on the short end of the stick come March 16. Common sense would tell us that reprinted cards would suffer financially, and that only a select class would be able to recover (or even at times surpass their old value ala Liliana of the Veil) in the aftermath of a new Masters set. Today, I'll single out a card that has been unusually expensive (just my two cents) for the past couple of years, and will finally get reprinted in M25.
Twilight Mire is a good card, without a doubt, as it represents one of the most beloved color combinations in competitive Magic for both Modern, Commander, and even Legacy. Although it rarely sees play in the latter, it was a fine piece in top tier decks in the other two formats that I've mentioned. However, decks have fallen out of favor for filter lands in recent memory, as people have decided to play fast lands/fetch lands more as mana fixing became less of an issue in the faster-paced Modern world.
With the return of Bloodbraid Elf, we should be finding more Jund decks running around with some Twilight Mires or Fire-Lit Thickets on their list. For reference, let's take a look at this new Jund list that has been brewed for competitive play.
I'm not sure if a singleton Twilight Mire would be the best way to go in making sure a turn three Maelstrom Pulse, Liliana of the Veil, or Liliana, the Last Hope resolves without getting color-screwed, but drawing it in the early game would help in doing just that.
I also had a couple of copies of this card for quite some time now, and even though its priced relatively high online prior to this reprint, I didn't have any luck selling it for a lower price due to almost nonexistent demand. I also see lots of other players selling their own playsets for a period of time to no avail so I wasn't really stoked by its reprint.
To be honest, I don't think the prices of these other lands will go down that much in the long term as there will always be good demand for it from both casual and competitive players alike. Supplies will surely flood the market in the next couple of months, and that would be the best time to pick up your copies once they have completely plummeted to around $5-$8. The same case could not be said about Twilight Mire, as it has always maintained the image as the most expensive one from this bunch, and it would probably continue to act like it is in the eyes of the public. I'd say that you stay away from it as a spec target unless Jund goes off in Modern, and there would be at least two copies of it in winning decklists that players would be interested in playing.
At the moment, StarCityGames has Twilight Mire copies for pre-order at $17.99, while Card Kingdom has it at $15.99. This is almost a half-price downfall for a land that's not really seeing much action as it is highly priced, so I'd recommend that you stay away from hoarding it at its current price tag. A drop to the sub-$10 zone would be appealing, and it's something that I might invest in if the opportunity comes. Grabbing some foil M25 copies for $30 or less would also be a good idea, as this could be a good long term spec for Commander purposes. Again, always proceed with caution when buying products from Masters sets, as we're not particularly sure how much of the product would be printed. Just stick to our game plan of buying them at the said prices for minimal financial errors.
And that’s it for the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we check out a new card that should be on the go, or good enough for speculating. As always, feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below. And if you want to keep up with all the market movement, be sure to check in with the QS Discord Channel for real time market information, and stay ahead of the hottest specs!